The Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS) is an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. CUOS was sponsored as a Science and Technology Center by the National Science Foundation during 1990-2001, and as a College of Engineering Center continues its research in ultrafast optics with funding from a variety of government agencies and industry. Its mission is to perform multidisciplinary research in the basic science and technological applications of ultrashort laser pulses, to educate students from a wide variety of backgrounds in the field, and to spur the development of new technologies.
These ultrafast lasers enable a tremendous range of applications in fundamental science and applied technology; further information on these applications can be found on About CUOS page, and details of specific research programs can be found under Research Groups. CUOS is a house for a 300 TW HERCULES laser, which has held a Guinness world record of the highest focused intensity, presently, of 2×1022 W/cm2 for 13 consecutive years.